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World Service

WorldService_logolarge.jpgThe BBC World Service aims to be the world's first choice amongst international broadcasters. We want to inspire people and illuminate their lives. Our programmes need to support - and build on - our reputation for being authoritative, impartial and accurate. With your help we can achieve all of this...and make the most of our unique ability to bring the world together, making connections and helping listeners make sense of the world.  We seek impact and originality.

If you wish to propose ideas to World Service you will need to do so through an in-house department or a registered independent company. World Service are currently in the process of reviewing its database for Independent Production Companies.  Details of which will be posted here at a later date.   

If you have any queries about World Service Commissioning please contact Vanessa Morris & Karen Howe (email address is vanessamorris&


The Controller of BBC World Service English, Mary Hockaday, will be launching the BBC World Service’s plans for commissioning English programmes from April 2016  on Tuesday 3rd February 2015. 
The BBC World Service will be looking for high quality, adventurous and highly original programming that fully reflects the digital engagement we have with our global audience.

The commissioning timetable will be as follows:
Tuesday 3rd  February 2015
Guidelines will be published here 
Tuesday 3rd February – Thursday 26th February (1200 noon)
Time period during which you can email your three-line descriptions to
At this stage the Commissioning Editors will then reply indicating which ideas should be formally submitted on-line to Proteus.  Please note this email address is for three-line descriptions only. 
Thursday 26th February – Tuesday 31st March
Proteus will be open for submitting final proposals.  It will close at 1200hrs (midday) on Tuesday 31st March.
For login and password requests for Proteus, please email vanessamorris&
Friday 17th April
Results will be published in Proteus.
If you interested in submitting proposals and are not currently on the World Service Registered Supplier List, please contact vanessamorris&


• Mary Hockaday, Controller World Service English
• Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, World Service English
• Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, World Service English

 More information on World Service contacts can be found here.

The BBC Radio business, legal and rights requirements
How BBC Radio commissions programmes
Contact Information and Archives for programme research

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